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How Big Egg Tried To Bring Down Little ‘Mayo’ (And Failed)

Newly released emails from the American Egg Board reveal embarrassing details about its fight against the vegan product Just Mayo. Industry critics say the board's antics may have broken the law.

In The Search For The Perfect Sugar Substitute, Another Candidate Emerges

There's a new contender in the century-old quest for perfect, guiltless sweetness: allulose. It's sugar — but in a form that our bodies don't convert into calories. Perfect? Not quite.

Farmworkers See Jobs, Earnings Shrivel In California Drought

More than 21,000 are out of work this year from California's drought, a study says. The majority are farmworkers, and those lucky enough to have a job are often working longer hours for less money.

Despite The Drought, California Farms See Record Sales In 2014

While the drought has put a strain on California agriculture, its farms actually set a record for total sales — $54 billion — in 2014. How? By pumping more water from their wells.

No Fear Homemade Mayonnaise: Better Than What’s In The Jar

This week in our series Do Try This At Home: Making mayonnaise that's just as delicious, if not better, than what comes out of the jar.

In Search Of Salvation From Drought, California Looks Down Under

Australia suffered through a truly epic drought. And it survived. But some of Australia's solutions — like a free market for water — may be too radical for the Golden State.

‘GMO-Free’ Is A Boon For Companies Chasing ‘Health Halo’ Profits

Researchers say GMO-free has become a proxy for what consumers really want: less processed, natural food. And advocates says here's already a name for food that's GMO-free: "organic."

Celebrating Julia Child’s Birthday With A 1989 Fresh Air Interview

For generations of Americans, chef Julia Child was a fearless guide through the complexities of French cooking — on the page, and on her eight TV shows. Fresh Air revisits an interview with Child from 1989.

Ractopamine: A Muscle Drug For Pigs Comes Out Of The Shadows

The USDA is allowing a pork retailer, for the first time, to label products as raised with "no ractopamine." It may lead to pressure on farmers to stop using the muscle-promoting drug.

Green Pie In The Sky? Vertical Farming Is On The Rise In Newark

A former steel mill in New Jersey is getting a new lease on life as an indoor farm. AeroFarms is betting it can turn a profit growing greens with lights, using far less water than a traditional farm.

Judge Strikes Down Idaho ‘Ag-Gag’ Law, Raising Questions For Other States

A judge ruled Monday that an Idaho law criminalizing undercover investigations of farms is unconstitutional. Seven other states have similar laws, but legal experts say they may not stand much longer.

How New Jersey Tamed The Wild Blueberry For Global Production

In the past 10 years, the global blueberry crop has tripled. Yet the big, round commercial blueberry is a fairly recent innovation. It was created by breeders exactly 100 years ago, in New Jersey.

Counterfeit Duck Confit: All Of The Flavor, Without The Labor

A classic French dish, confit de canard was originally a way to preserve meat, and traditional recipes can require dozens of steps to prepare. David Lebovitz's fake take cuts the steps down to five.

Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.

Put That Wok To Work: A Trick For Smoking Fish Indoors

Smoking fish usually requires a pricey smoker or other specialized gear. But you can get great smokey flavor with just a wok, some foil and a quick raid of the pantry.

Even If You’re Lean, 1 Soda Per Day Ups Your Risk Of Diabetes

A daily habit of sugary-sweetened drinks can boost your risk of developing the disease — even if you're not overweight. And diet soda might not be doing you any favors, either.

Detoxing The Buddhist Way: Nuns Preserve Art Of Korean Temple Food

In South Korea, Buddhist temple food is viewed the way spa food is in the U.S.: curative, cleansing, perhaps even medicinal. Buddhist nuns have preserved these cooking techniques for 1,600 years.

Fast-Food Workers Cheer As $15 Minimum Wage Advances In New York State

The increase, which boosts the minimum wage for many fast-food workers from $8.75 to $15 over several years, needs the labor commissioner's OK. Franchise holders say they're being targeted unfairly.

Eggs Go AWOL, And Bakers Scramble For High-Tech Substitutes

The national egg shortage is hitting bakers hard. Some are replacing eggs with highly engineered ingredients that promise to work just as well.

The Fall Of A Dairy Darling: How Cottage Cheese Got Eclipsed By Yogurt

Cottage cheese was the yogurt of the mid-20th century: a dairy product for the health-conscious. But it has fallen out of favor, while marketing of — and demand for — yogurt has soared.

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